As busy as those politicians appear to be, they’re proving that there’s always time to squeeze in a workout. Washington, D.C., has just been named the fittest of the nation’s largest 50 cities according to rankings from the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation.

In addition to offering residents a number of outdoor exercise options, the nation’s capital boasts fairly low rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking, according to the report.

A panel of 26 health and physical activity experts comprised the research team who looked at U.S. Census data, data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other sources in identifying the fittest cities.

The report details that the rate heart disease dropped 9.5 percent between 2014 and 2015, however, there was an 11 percent drop in the percentage of people who exercised within the last 30 days and the death rate for diabetes rose nearly 8 percent.

The fit-city runner-ups include Minneapolis-St. Paul and San Diego while the least fit cities are Memphis, Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Louisville and—in last place—Indianapolis. Are you surprised at all by these rankings? Is your city mentioned here?

 

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HealthDay: Nation's Capital Named 'Fittest City' in U.S.